Report: Roadmap for energy policy and strategies in new administration

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the United States – more than transportation and industry. A new report from ASHRAE offers suggestions to shaping energy policy with regard to buildings.

12/12/2008


 

A new report from ASHRAE provides a potential roadmap for addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and its greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy.
“Buildings are often overlooked as an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and offer an excellent opportunity to achieve national energy goals,” said ASHRAE president Bill Harrison.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the United States %%MDASSML%% more than transportation and industry %%MDASSML%% and represent 38% of the U.S.’s greenhouse gas emissions. Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors %%MDASSML%% many of them in schools and office buildings. The entire U.S. construction industry employs an estimated 10 million people including manufacturing, and with increased focus on improving energy efficiency within buildings, that number can be expected to rise, ASHRAE said.
The report provides detailed recommendations on shaping policy across the areas of energy policy and climate change; Federal incentives; research and development; Federal agency activities; and education.
Read more about the report here .

 



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